National Art Exhibition Entries by Dec. 15

12th Biennial
National Art Exhibition
February 7 to March 25, 2020 | Sponsored by the Mary Ellen Byrd Legacy for the Arts

Entry into NAE begins July 10 and continues through midnight on December 15, 2019

All entries must be entered digitally via Juried Art Services at (use of JAS is free for applicants).

Artist notification will be made by email in early January. If accepted into the 2020 NAE, you will receive further instructions by email regarding receiving and other important information.

This exhibition is limited to two-dimensional paintings and drawings in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, charcoal, colored pencil, graphite, and mixed media. Media for the Bowles Award for Portrait Excellence is limited to drawing, painting and pastel. The work must have been completed in the last three years and cannot have been accepted into the Visual Arts Center’s 2018 National Art Exhibition. Computer-generated art, photography, glass and fiber/fabric art are not eligible. Artwork from any state or country is eligible for entry.

Important Dates in 2019
• July 10: Online entry begins
• December 15: Online entry closes at midnight
• Notification by email will occur in early January

Important Dates in 2020
• Receiving for shipped artwork, January 29, 30 & 31
• Receiving for hand-delivered work January 31 and February 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Visual Arts Center
• February 7: Exhibit opens to the public
• February 13: Awards Reception at the Visual Arts Center
• March 25: Last day of Exhibit
• March 26 & 27: Pick up hand-delivered work from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Visual Arts Center; return shipping begins

Donate photographs of wildlife to Peace River Wildlife Center by Aug. 10

The Peace River Wildlife Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit wildlife rehabilitation and education center in Punta Gorda, Florida. Its mission is to rescue and rehabilitate native wildlife and educate the public. In 2018, the center admitted more than 2,500 patients and has more than 100 permanent wildlife residents on educational display.

The Center created calendars in 2018 and 2019 to help educate the public about Florida’s native wildlife and the work of the center. Thanks to guidance provided by many people, the 2020 calendar will feature donated images.

Will you please consider donating up to five photographs for possible use in the 2020 calendar?

Important things to remember:

  • Because Peace River Wildlife Center is creating this calendar, the calendar will only feature images of wildlife native to Florida. Priority may be given to animals that are treated at the Center.
  • Any photograph of native wildlife taken any time anywhere by anyone may be submitted. Because the calendar will showcase the diversity of wildlife found near the Center, we recommend that you only submit one image of the same subject. For example, don’t submit five images of an eagle as only one large image will likely be of an eagle.
  • A large image will be featured above each month and maybe elsewhere. Each of these images will be printed at nearly 12” wide x 9” high. The resolution must be about 300 dpi at that size. If you force this resolution, no one will be happy with how they look in the printed calendar. We also ask that images not be altered except for cropping or adjusting the exposure.
  • Several images will placed throughout the calendar. These images are much smaller so the resolution does not have to be as high.
  • We anticipate 2,000 calendars will be printed and distributed free, probably in November 2019.
  • The photographer of each image will be acknowledged by their name, business name or contact information, whatever is provided as long as it doesn’t exceed 50 characters. As a thank you, a few calendars will be provided to each person whose work is featured.

By August 10, if you are willing to donate your photograph(s), please complete the short release form that follows. You may upload images to the release form or you may send them by email to or you may use a file transfer service of your choice. If you provide the images by email or file transfer service, be sure to provide your name so that the images can be tied to your release form. The online release form must be completed no matter how you provide your images. (You can return to your response and edit it but that means cookies must be removed from the computer if more than one person wishes to submit images. Once this is done, the computer will not allow the first person to edit that set of responses.)

Please spread the word to others you think may have an interest in supporting this project.

Thank you for helping the Peace River Wildlife Center create a 2020 calendar to educate the public about Florida’s native wildlife and the work of the Center.

Classes and Workshops

Charlotte Arts adds classes and workshops members add to the email released every other Friday as well as to its online cultural calendar if the day and time are known.
Two members currently offer classes and workshops on demand.

Charlotte Arts Member Nancy Thomas

Three-hour art classes for four or more students. Students provide their own materials, although I do help out beginners until they learn what materials they need. Cost: $15.


North Port Art Center Classes

5950 Sam Shapos Way, North Port

Classes offered range from Photoshop to pottery to painting and more.


Visual Arts Center Members’ Showcase Call to Artists


The Member’s Showcase

Receiving Friday June 28, 9am-Noon

Visual Arts Center

210 Maud Street, Punta Gorda

Cost: 20+

For more info visit or call 941.639.8810

The Member’s showcase provides an excellent opportunity to display your best work – Anything goes! Artwork may have won VAC awards or could have been created years ago. All 2D and 3D media will be accepted.

This exhibit is open to VAC members only. Entry fee is $30. Minimum 3 entries. Both the Main Gallery and Goff Gallery will be used as exhibit space. There will be 50 exhibit spaces available on a first come, first served basis, assigned by lottery at receiving.

Download a prospectus from

What’s YOUR Story Writing Contest

Mid-County Public Library has launched a new writing contest called What’s YOUR Story?

What’s YOUR Story? A chance for Charlotte County’s diverse community to share fictional, short stories inspired by photos. Stories can be based far in the future, set in the past or developing right now – written on a single-spaced one page submission emailed to or dropped off at the Mid-County Regional Library (2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd. Port Charlotte, FL 33952).

Both Kids + Adults Prizes (awarded separately): 1st place $75 2nd place $50 3rd place $25 + Top 3 Honorable Mentions (Free 1 year Membership with The Friends of the Library).

Contest Starts: June 1, 2019

Contest Deadline: July 31, 2019

Winners Announced: August 2019

Charlotte Players auditions for Jack Benny’s Not 39 Anymore

Auditions for Jack Benny’s Not 39 Anymore will be held on Sunday and Monday March 17 and 18 at 7 pm both nights at Charlotte Players, 1182 Market Circle, Port Charlotte, FL. No experience necessary. Show runs from May 17-25 in the Langdon Playhouse.

Director Jenni Elliott will be looking for 4 or 5 men and 3 women to play 8 roles.

Characterizations are attached.

Any questions please call 255-1022 10 am to 3 pm Mon-Fri.

Jack Benny’s Not 39 Any More


NORMAN BENDER:  72 years old.  Feisty, always scheming to get rich quick.  Accent:  Jewish New York

EDNA BENDER:  70 years old.  Norman’s wife of 40 years.  Tolerant of his eccentricities but willing to go toe-to-toe with him when necessary.  Accent:  Jewish New York

ROSEMARIE DICARLO:  70 year-old attractive widow.  Edna’s new friend and next door neighbor.  Accent:  New York Italian

MARCIE SILVERMAN:  Norman and Edna’s divorced daughter, a fiftyish attractive lawyer.  Accent:  Jewish New York

RAYMOND DICARLO:  Rosemarie’s divorced son, a fiftyish attractive lawyer. Accent:  New York Italian

HARRY CONNEGHY:  72 years old.  Retired sock magnate who was married only to his career.  Accent:  New York

RABBI TEITLEBAUM:  95 years old.  He drifts in and out of reality.  Accent:  Jewish New York

JUDGE KRAUTHAMMER:  Any age.  Authoritarian and quirky.  Accent:  Jewish New York

Note:  Rabbi Teitlebaum and Judge Krauthammer can be played by the same actor.

Visual Arts Center: Two-Part Photography Event

Visual Arts Center Calling All Photography Enthusiasts! PARADISE: Two-Part Photography Event Starts March 17
Part 1: Pictures in Paradise Photographic Exhibit
Submit your photographic masterpiece and compete for prizes in a “Photo Only” Exhibit at the VAC March 31 – April 24. Pictures in Paradise will feature photography on display in the Main Gallery March 31 – April 24. Both members and non-members are welcome to enter. Receiving for Pictures in Paradise will be March 29, 9am – 12pm in the Main Gallery. Before entering the exhibit, please Download a prospectus.
Part 2: “A Week in Paradise” Online Photographic Event Open to All!
Participate in a National Online Digital Event . . . Digitally submit your best 3 photos taken 3/17-3/23, from anywhere, depicting your “Paradise”. One photo will be selected for a digital photo display in the Paradise Photography Exhibit March 31 – April 24, on the VAC Website, and printed in a hard cover Photo Book. The public is invited to a Reception and awards ceremony for both exhibits Thursday, April 4 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.  Download the PDF Handout.
A Week in Paradise digital photography exhibit will be featured on display at, plus alongside Pictures in Paradise at The Visual Arts Center March 31 – April 24 at the Visual Arts Center of Punta Gorda, FL. Photographers anywhere in the world are invited to join the exhibition. Online registration will remain open until midnight on March 23.
Photographs for the event must be taken during the week of March 17 – 23.  Original photographs taken during the week should represent whatever you consider “Your Paradise”, whether in Southwest Florida or anywhere. Pick your best 3 photos from the week and submit them by email March 17 – 23 to by no later than midnight on Saturday, March 23.
All photos submitted must be highest quality .jpeg format but no larger than 5MB each. A panel of judges will review the entries and select one photograph from each photographer for entry into the exhibition and printed photo book.
The Selected photos will be featured on a revolving screen in the “Pictures in Paradise” photo exhibit at the Visual Arts Center March 31 – April 24. They will also be displayed online in a revolving digital display at and printed in a book, available for purchase in the VAC Gift Shop and online. By entering this event, the photographer agrees to release the rights of the submitted photographs for display in the Visual Arts Center and on its website, for use as marketing material for the event and for publication in an event book that will be sold.
The following Prizes will be awarded for A Week in Paradise: Best of Show: $200, Excellence Award: $50, Merit Award(s).

Artists tables available at North Port Art Center’s Arts on the Green

North Port Art Center: Arts on the Green

Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

City Center Front Green, 4970 City Hall Blvd., North Port

Visit with artists, see their wonderful one of a kind art available for purchase. Jazz entertainment and refreshments will be available. This event is a joint effort with the City of North Port and others.

*Artist tables are available. Call 941-423-6460 or stop by the Art Center at 5950 Sam Shapos Way.